Beginning summer 2017, Lebanon highest point will be ripped of its natural habitat and converted into a ski resort. This is a $500 million Realis Development project, a family owned company with shares in the Abu Dhabi finance company. The project will be built on a 420,000 m2 plot, and will include a hotel, club house, wellness-center, and entertainment facilities, 650 chalets, 70 villas, and a ski trail.
The country’s water supply depends on wells and melted snow from the mountains. Water scarcity is believed to be one of the main problems currently facing the country due to limited water sources and increased water demand by all sectors. Snow, responsible for 30-40% of the annual precipitation, contributes to the hydrologic system of the country.